Fire Situation Report – March 22, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 03/21/2019 thru 03/22/2019 

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 53 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 6 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 70 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Buckhorn Fire (Cherokee County) – 630 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: No New Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/21/2019 thru 03/22/2019 

  • 3 Fires Burned 2,130.7 Acres (1-Escaped Rx Fire, 2-Escaped Debris) Woodward FD & Gene Autry FD Reporting

Curtis Fire (Woodward County) – 2,130.6 Acres, 80% Contained

  • Additional Wildfire Activity as Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Fire danger remains in place this afternoon across eastern and parts of central Oklahoma ahead of an approaching system that hold promise of wetting rains moving across Oklahoma this afternoon into the overnight  and Saturday.  A couple rounds of precipitation and storm chances into the weekend are poised to continue the trend of limiting increases in Energy Release Component percentile ratings holding resistance to suppression in check.
A small band of precipitation working through the western Panhandle this morning is harbinger of precipitation and storm potential developing this afternoon in the Oklahoma Panhandle shifting eastward through the state this afternoon, evening and overnight.  Fire danger will diminish as the systems traverses the state with increasing sky cover likely shading fuels limiting fine-dead fuel moisture from dipping into critical levels across western Oklahoma during the late afternoon hours.  In eastern and parts of central Oklahoma, fire danger persists with dry air in place supporting receptive fine fuels although wind speeds through peak burning are not impressive limiting spread potential.
The highest fire danger today will be focused along and east of US 75 north of I-40 and along and east of the Indian Nation Turnpike south of I-40.
Eastern Oklahoma: Temperatures will warm into the 70°-76° range under clear skies through midday.  Afternoon relative humidity values will dip into the 24-29% range driving fine-dead fuel moisture values to 5% in the area with some sites tapping 4% should sky cover remain west. Light southeast winds will limit spread potential, and topographic influence will have more effect on spread direction and rate on going, established fires as convective heat transfer will likely overpower surface winds.
Central Oklahoma:  Increasing sky cover into the afternoon will likely serve to stall fine-dead fuel moisture from dipping into critical values.  Nonetheless, temperatures 69°-75°and afternoon relative humidity values 29%-37% will facilitate fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6% where sky cover does not develop to 9% where shading has influence.  Southeast winds 8-14 mph with some higher gusts will produce moderate rates of fire spread with fires exhibiting little resistance to suppression efforts.
Western Oklahoma:  Increasing sky cover and improving rain chances into the late afternoon and early evening hours will suppress development of fire danger across the majority of the area.
No significant fire danger concerns are expected Saturday as precipitation amounts and areal coverage are set to retard development of an environment supporting fire activity.  A dry line is positioned to push into Oklahoma on Sunday; however it is not expected to support concerning fire danger given the confidence in wetting rains preceding.  We will continue to monitor conditions through the weekend issuing an update to the Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report if merited.
Burn Ban Status:   No Burn Bans presently in effect.